Game 163: Cubs & Brewers battle for the NL Central title Monday

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The Cubs took over sole possession of first place on August 1 and led the Brewers by as many as five games in early September, but Milwaukee closed the regular season on a tear.

It's fair to say the stakes will be high.

Brewers outfielder and odds-on favorite for the NL MVP Christian Yelich came into the 163rd game of the season - the tiebreaker for the NL Central title - with a shot to grab the Triple Crown. No matter what happens on Monday, both the Cubs and Brewers are headed to the postseason. "They've been playing very well for a long period of time".

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This year is a little different. "We need to have fun. if we put pressure on ourselves, it's gonna be harder".

"Just like the last couple weeks, we've approached nearly every one of these games like a do-or-die game", Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said. "We just think about (Sunday) and try to win (Sunday) and hope that's enough going into this coming week". Carpenter also scored a run.

The playoff-tested Cubs are going for their third straight NL Central title.

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Cubs players on this team are used to this, having played in three-straight National League Championship Series and winning the World Series in 2016. He struck out eight, walked two and hit two batters. Then Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs moved into the lead of what just might be baseball's best division. Daniel Murphy and Javier Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs.

Milwaukee visits Chicago on Monday for the first tiebreaker in major league history in which the loser doesn't go home.

Some valid concern might have cropped up after the Cubs lost on Saturday, 2-1, but that was against a sterling pitching performance from Miles Mikolas, and even in that, the Cubs still had mentally focused at bats, so it wasn't all that surprising to see them jump out for 10 runs Sunday. Montgomery (5-6, 3.99 ERA) joined the starting rotation after Yu Darvish was sidelined with elbow issues earlier this year.

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